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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Supreme Court refuses to block lawsuit against gun manufacturer brought by Sandy Hook families

    Well now, that was certainly a surprise, coming from a Supreme Court with two right leaning Trump appointees, including Kegger Kavanaugh.
    I'm actually worried they accepted the case just to rule against the Sandy Hook families and essentially immunize gun manufacturers from prosecution in these cases.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    I checked something out, it's very easy to put your image on a 'Time magazine' cover. There are templates and generators that all anyone with even basic graphics skills to do it. No one should be gullible enough to fall for that, still she sold it as if it was real and she embellished her resume so bad she'd be fired from any other job. ASAP.

    Just made this one as an example

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Lensman View Post
    There is a bitter joke in Latin America that the reason there has never been a coup in the US is that we lack the American embassy needed to start one.

    Funny enough, my cousin is a history professor specialising in the post Civil War US history.- basically our Imperial period (the obvious one, anyways. The Hegemonic period is later).

    I know it could easily be the CIA behind the mess in Bolovia, but I refuse to go down the rabbit hole of insisting that is the only possibility. The dark side of America isn't the only bad actor in the world, after all.

    I won't say we're the only cause. The people of Bolivia, after all, have their own agency -- but I will say that it's naïve to believe that we're not involved in exacerbating or exploiting the fault lines there to our own benefit. We are almost certain to be doing so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Lensman View Post
    There is a bitter joke in Latin America that the reason there has never been a coup in the US is that we lack the American embassy needed to start one.

    Funny enough, my cousin is a history professor specialising in the post Civil War US history.- basically our Imperial period (the obvious one, anyways. The Hegemonic period is later).

    I know it could easily be the CIA behind the mess in Bolovia, but I refuse to go down the rabbit hole of insisting that is the only possibility. The dark side of America isn't the only bad actor in the world, after all.
    It’s like how...I truly do NOT believe that the Bush Administration had a hand in 9/11 beyond its deep corruption and incompetence (remember when we though Dubya was the most corrupt and incompetent administration that Republicans could foist on us? Those were rosy, sunlit days...) and partisan-politically-motivated inaction. But if facts came out that proved that direct, deliberate malfeasance for the purposes of war profiteering on the part of Cheney and the other soulless, corporatist puppeteers behind that whole mess of a presidency that should have been the last gasp of far right nonsense (and might have been if not for libtards electing a secret Muslim Kenyan BLACK GUY as President JUST to provoke the Far Right into not being civil ‘anymore’...), I would be about as surprised as I’d be to catch a bear dropping a deuce in the woods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinderel View Post
    It’s like how...I truly do NOT believe that the Bush Administration had a hand in 9/11 beyond its deep corruption and incompetence (remember when we though Dubya was the most corrupt and incompetent administration that Republicans could foist on us? Those were rosy, sunlit days...) and partisan-politically-motivated inaction. But if facts came out that proved that direct, deliberate malfeasance for the purposes of war profiteering on the part of Cheney and the other soulless, corporatist puppeteers behind that whole mess of a presidency that should have been the last gasp of far right nonsense (and might have been if not for libtards electing a secret Muslim Kenyan BLACK GUY as President JUST to provoke the Far Right into not being civil ‘anymore’...), I would be about as surprised as I’d be to catch a bear dropping a deuce in the woods.
    He still is. In many ways we're still paying the price for his time in the White House.

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    The Impeachment Of Donald Trump Is Starting. Here’s What To Know.

    The proceedings will be televised and give the most visible look yet at the effort to impeach the president.

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    Don’t Get Confused By The Ukraine Scandal: Here Are The Key Facts

    It seems like it’s getting more complicated, but it really isn’t.

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    Carl Bernstein Delivers Ominous Assessment On America Ahead Of Impeachment Hearings

    The U.S. is in “the middle of a cold civil war,” said the famed Watergate reporter.

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    Republican Group Urges GOP Lawmakers To Stand Up To Trump During Impeachment

    Republicans for the Rule of Law is warning members of Congress: “History is watching.”

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    Sean Hannity Plays Donald Trump Bingo In Wild Impeachment Hearings Rant

    The Fox News host hit key Trump buzzwords — “rigged,” “witch hunt,” “corrupt,” “phony” — and more.
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    On this date in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day posted profiles of Ralph Shortey, of the Oklahoma State Senate, whose highest profile bill that he wrote in his six years on the political scene was a measure inspired by an article Shortey read on a pro-life website (that lies) that would outlaw the potential use of fetuses in food products. That still isn’t a typo, and it’s still irrelevant as far as laws go, because there’s no way the FDA would approve such a product, and there are exactly zero food manufacturers looking to use human embryos in their products. Shortey has also written several obviously unconstitutional laws like ones that ignore the 14th Amendment’s existence or an outright attempt to abolish the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Lastly, Shortey is a big gun enthusiast, who recommends everybody have firearms readily available in case you are suddenly set upon by wild turkeys (which I’m wondering how much of that brand he’s drinking of before he shows up on the job) and bragging that he ignored the ban on carrying firearms in the Oklahoma state capitol. When we last left Ralph Shortey, he was trying to pass a completely insane bill to make it legal for cattle ranchers to shoot down drones flying over their property, and was appearing at some of the earliest campaign appearances of Donald Trump in Oklahoma... so you can thank him for giving the raging Cheeto golem political credibility from the start of his entry into the political race, citing his "excellent record on trade and finance" as all the reason people needed to support him as a candidate, overlooking that Donald Trump is not just a terrible human being, but his record on trade and finance involves bankruptcies and lawsuits and unpaid debtors galore. Our annual look at Ralph Shortey came to an abrupt end in 2017, because guess what? The supposed anti-gay Shortey got arrested for soliciting male child prostitutes, was found guilty, and sent to prison. Since Shortey is now one more hypocrite who someone should have realized was a danger to the public in the first place, we'll set aside his CSGOPOTD profile at this time and go ahead and take a look at a different kooky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 704-30, since this was established in July 2014.)



    On this date one year ago today, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” published our first profile of Tennessee State Senator Paul Bailey, who has been a member of the Tennessee state legislature since first winning office back in 2014, and he has used that office to go about undertaking the important business of the good people of the Volunteer State to make sure that all of their license plates say “In God We Trust” on them, because we can’t go having automobiles rolling about the state without making sure they somehow acknowledge the existence of the Judeo-Christian deity, right? While he was at it, he also pushed for legislation to slap the same slogan on every school in the state, (which will give kids a sigh of relief that God is watching and they can trust him if their school gets shot up with all the gun control Bailey and Tennessee GOP oppose) and was one of many Tennessee Republicans who voted to make the Bible the state book, which is, y’know… not constitutional.

    When he hasn’t been on deranged theocratic quests, Bailey also has been very busy sponsoring important bills like SB 1821, which would have made it legal for people in Tennessee to own pet skunks, and went out of his way to express his distaste with NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police violence by buying season tickets on the 50-yard line to Titans games and not showing up (they still have your money, moron).

    He handles ALL the SERIOUS BUSINESS, YOU GUYS. Just look at some of this voting record:
    • March 27th, 2014: Bailey votes for HB 937, a bill to prohibit the Medicaid expansion in Tennessee.
    • February 3rd, 2015: Paul Bailey votes for Tennessee’s HB 995, a bill to legalize the concealed carry of firearms in public parks, just in time for Tennessee to host the annual NRA convention.
    • February 12th, 2015: Bailey sponsors HB 1023, a bill inspired by the John Birch Society’s paranoia about fluoridated water, and restrict the amount of fluoridation in the drinking water in Tennessee.
    • February 22nd, 2016: Paul Bailey votes for HSR 467, to plead with the Attorney General of the state to file a lawsuit over Syrian refugees being allowed to resettle Tennessee.
    • April 4th, 2016: Bailey votes for the highly unconstitutional HB 615, a bill created by Tennessee Republicans to try and make the King James Bible the state book.
    • April 23rd, 2018: Paul Bailey votes for HB 2381, to create a “monument to the unborn” in the Tennessee State Capitol, which is probably the most presumptuous example of a participation trophy you’ll ever find, giving a statue to anything that’s ever even pulled off gestating in the womb.


    Now, we’re going to be frank, here… there are some nutty Republicans throughout the entire Tennessee state legislature, and CSGOPOTD has covered many, while acknowledging that there’s a level of “above and beyond the pale” that it takes to stand out enough to get our attention in the Volunteer State. Paul Bailey managed to make himself a known quantity to us back in early 2017, when shortly after the Trump administration’s first attempt at enacting a Muslim ban in the United States, thousands of protesters showed up in the state capitol to protest at the offices of Gov. Bill Haslam.

    And Paul Bailey took to Twitter to claim that the thousands of people were all “paid protesters. When the local media asked Bailey to back that claim up, he claimed he heard it from a “reliable source” who he could not name because of “security reasons. Bailey claimed that the real evidence of paid protesters was that they were all shipped to the capitol in buses, but there was just one problem with that theory, as well… the buses he cited were present not to bring in protesters… but legislators. And there was video of them being used as such.

    In any event, Paul Bailey won re-election in 2018, and is now in place until 2022.
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    So, it's official now Trump lied to Mueller under oath.
    He, of course lied about Wikileaks!
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    Matthew Ygleisias of Vox suggests Trump's African American outreach is making small gains.

    But the 2018 results are telling in this regard. It’s hard to say exactly why Abrams ran 4 points weaker than Clinton with black voters, but if she’d equalled the result of two years earlier she’d likely have won the election — and if black voters had swung against the GOP to the extent that white ones did, she definitely would have won. Nobody would consider her opponent Brian Kemp’s campaign to have been a triumph of African American outreach by any means, any more than losing among black voters by a 74 percent margin to Joe Biden would mean that Trump is popular among black voters.

    Small changes, however, make a big difference in close elections. And the critical point is that precisely because Republicans are so weak with black voters, the views of marginal black voters may be very different from the views of average ones. So Trump’s gimmicky and somewhat ridiculous outreach can be effective, even if it’s rejected by the vast majority of the target audience.

    Meanwhile, it really is true that Trump signed a significant criminal justice reform bill and that under Trump the black unemployment rate has reached a record low — as has the gap between the black and white unemployment rates. Trump obviously isn’t going to break African Americans’ support for the Democratic Party. But it’s hardly inconceivable that he could gain some votes. The most likely explanation for his black outreach efforts is the simplest one: The team sees an opportunity, and they’re trying to seize it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Lensman View Post
    There is a bitter joke in Latin America that the reason there has never been a coup in the US is that we lack the American embassy needed to start one.

    Funny enough, my cousin is a history professor specialising in the post Civil War US history.- basically our Imperial period (the obvious one, anyways. The Hegemonic period is later).

    I know it could easily be the CIA behind the mess in Bolovia, but I refuse to go down the rabbit hole of insisting that is the only possibility. The dark side of America isn't the only bad actor in the world, after all.
    Sure, but ever since the establishment of the Monroe Doctrine, Latin America has largely been off limits to non-US intervention, with the notable exception of Cuba, which was considered such an affront that we almost blew up the entire world over it. I'm not exactly seeing how the EU, Russia, China, or whoever else would benefit from ousting Morales, and I'm finding it hard to picture a rival South American power being competent enough to pull off something like this. Though for what it's worth, the new "acting president" does have a Colombian husband, whose government has always been the most right-leaning and pro-American in the region.

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    Matthew Ygleisias should be randomly drug tested within his workplace.
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    The hearings are about to start, and even as everyone takes their seats you can see that teh Democrats are taking this seriously, while the Republicans, like Jim Jordan, have set up their circus tent, complete with signs. He's not even wearing a jacket.
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    Chairman Schiff: "If the President can simply refuse all oversight, particularly in the context of an impeachment proceeding, the balance of power between our two branches of government will be irrevocably altered. That is not what the Founders intended."
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    The opening statement of Devin Nunes is full of attacks on the character of Democrats and complaints about the process, but lacks a defense of Trump on the merits.

    That’s because there really isn’t one.
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    the contrast between Adam Schiff and Devin Nunes illustrates what asymmetric polarization has produced nearly as vividly as the contrast between Barack Obama and Donald Trump
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    The Republicans are making it hard to watch the hearing. They are bringing up stuff that should be addressed at a later time, delaying the hearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    The Republicans are making it hard to watch the hearing. They are bringing up stuff that should be addressed at a later time, delaying the hearing.
    Almost as if Republicans are trying to obstruct justice like the corrupt bag of vipers they are...

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